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August 15, 2018 Uncategorized
Do You Need a Will in the UAE?

Non-Muslim expats living in the UAE are likely to have wills drafted in their home country, to distribute their assets accordingly if the worst comes to worst. However, it is so important to take account of the fact that in the UAE, these home-country wills may not apply to your UAE assets, while Sharia law…

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The fundamentals of Financial Planning

Good financial planning should be viewed as personal healthcare and maintenance checks or reviews, just like medicals, should be performed on a regular basis. It can get to a point where current investments may not be providing you with the goals that you set out to achieve. The following article will provide some information on…

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July 16, 2018 Uncategorized
How Do I Prevent Losing Money on my Savings?

In the post-2008, low interest rate environment that most of the developed world is experiencing, it can prove more of a challenge to maintain the value of your savings. While they are safe assets and widely used, deposit accounts or government bonds do not provide competitive returns and, in some cases, hold negative real interest…

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Why real returns are crucial for retirement planning

Interest rates can be expressed in two ways, as nominal rates or real rates. The difference is that the nominal rate of return is the percentage change, whereas the real rate of return is the percentage change adjusted for changes in prices due to inflation or other external factors. This keeps the purchasing power of…

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How to make sure your wealth is passed on to your family

Often, HMRC becomes an additional beneficiary of your Will due to a lack of financial planning when organizing how your wealth is set up. For those with significant assets, this is an avoidable tax where your loved ones can be the true beneficiaries of your estate. Part of your estate can be passed on tax…

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April 30, 2018 Pensions
The Effect of Expected Interest Rate Increases on Defined Benefit Pension Transfer Values

After the Brexit vote in 2016, the Bank of England reduced its benchmark Bank Rate to 0.25%. This was decided upon by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to limit the risk of the recession resulting from the decision to leave the EU. On the 2nd November 2017, we witnessed the first Bank Rate increase in…

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